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New websites, studio, and other neato coming soon stuff.

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Posted on December 10 2017

Hi friends and fans of Funkytonk! There are some big big changes coming soon to the site. As you may or may not be aware, Funkytonk Records is a family run business out of our home and studio in Richland WA. Since 1997 when I founded Funkytonk, it has been almost entirely a diy independent word of mouth venture. This includes the website. I have built it from scratch and in the process have had many a lessons learned on what "not to do" in building websites. I will be doing the renovation for the Funkytonk site by myself. I expect everything that I am about to speak about in the following message to be completed by Christmas of 2017. First and foremost, every page on the Funkytonk site will be receiving a major facelift. The links will remain very similar but modes of operation will be a bit different. The blog page, the one you are reading this post on, will be used strictly for articles and opinion papers that I write. These will be random and you can probably expect just a handful of blog posts per year. I will be posting the blogs/articles to all the Funkytonk social media sites so the actual blog page will serve as a searchable blog archive. In short the blog will be my version of a Funkytonk online zine. All the show and event announcements I had posted on the blog in the past will now be posted on the Funkytonk facebook and twitter accounts. What I am trying to hint at is that if you are interested in keeping up on all things Funkytonk, follow us on social media!! People have emailed me requesting that I start up a Funkytonk Message board again. I am not going to do this. In an effort to reduce redundancy, I am leaving all "community discussion" to take place on our social media sites. The Funkytonk Multi-Media Library will only change in appearance but functionality will remain the same. Like the blog page the library will serve as a searchable multi-media page for all the media that I add to the site. This will be most convenient as I use youtube, bandcamp, and soundcloud to host the media I post. Rather than visit all 3 sites and search through them for what you are looking for the Library page will be an all in one source for everything. This functionality is already in place, and as I said, nothing will change except appearance of the page itself. A new exciting link I will be adding is a community resource that will be added to the site. Daveno Studio will be opening up officially on Jan 1 2018. This is a private studio I have been building for the past few years. I will have a calendar available with a scattering of openings to the public throughout the year. For those not in the know Daveno Studio is an all analog studio. I record to 2" tape through, Trident, Studer, and Neve, consoles and preamps. The studio is chock full of vintage mics and outboard gear from the 60's 70's and 80's. For those of you that want to try a different approach to recording this might be just what you have been looking for. I am building a website dedicated for Daveno Studio with all the details and a living calendar of openings. Finally the biggest challenge for me is my new start up company called The Fuzzy Felt. The entire Funkytonk catalog will be available on The Fuzzy Felt website. The Fuzzy Felt will be the Tri-Cities largest collection of vintage clothing, rare, delightful oddities, and general weirdness. Additionally The Fuzzy Felt will be open to the public by appointment only. Thanks everyone for your 20 years of support. I hope these updates and new community resources improve the livability for artists and weirdos in the Tri-Cities. Keep checking in, send me your ideas and suggestions, and follow us on social media. ~Timothy Leingang